Recently-released documents alleged that six people who traveled to Mexico with Shanquella Robinson were seen behaving oddly the night before her suspicious death last October.
The lawyers for Shanquella Robinson’s family, Sue-Ann Robinson and Benjamin Crump, said in an 18-page information packet given to U.S. officials in March that Mexican authorities identified Daejhanae Jackson, one of the women who traveled to Mexico with Shanquella, as the “perpetrator” and issued a warrant for her arrest. The document also alleged that a concierge at the Cabo Villas told an investigator that Shanquella was the last person in her group to arrive for dinner and she appeared “not [to] fit in” with her party, according to The Charlotte Observer.
“She was indifferent, nothing to do with the atmosphere of celebration. She was out of place at the party,” the concierge reportedly told detectives.
The following day, Jackson allegedly texted the concierge about a doctor and where nearby medical services were located as her friend had alcohol poisoning. Jackson ultimately agreed to have a doctor come to their room.
The doctor eventually arrived and gave Robinson an I.V. bag. An hour later, Shanquella suffered convulsions and died.
The concierge told investigators that Shanquella was said not to be in serious condition but was unconscious and required an I.V., The Charlotte Observer reported. At some point, Jackson allegedly texted him about taking Shanquella to the hospital — though he learned the group discussed whether they had the insurance to cover a hospital trip.
The concierge also described Jackson as “indifferent” during an encounter he had with her after she informed Shanquella’s mother of her death. The concierge claimed he heard laughing minutes after he left the area to give space to Shanquella’s party.
In their letter which was sent to the White House, the family’s lawyers claimed the group fled Mexico after Shaquella’s death. For these reasons, they are urging President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to intervene in this case.
“We clearly stated that one of two things needs to happen: either the U.S. extradites Shanquella’s killer to Mexico or the U.S. takes jurisdiction of the case and her killer is prosecuted,” Crump commented, according to WCNC.
The State Attorney General’s Office of Baja California Sur previously said they are investigating Shanquella’s death as femicide, or when a woman is killed due to her gender. Though Mexican officials initially attributed Shanquella’s death to alcohol poisoning, a death certificate lists her death as a severe spinal cord injury and atlas luxation — suggesting her first vertebra became unattached from her skull. The report does not mention alcohol.
Following her death, a video surfaced online which apparently shows Shanquella being attacked in a hotel room. During the video, someone is heard telling “Quella” to “at least fight back.”
According to The Charlotte Observer, an administrator at the villas told police in November that he believed Jackson is the woman seen beating Shanquella in the video circulating on social media.
Crump commented, “Inaction is not acceptable in this case. Shanquella’s family deserves swift justice for her death.”
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[Featured image: Shanquella Robinson/Instagram]